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Spotlight: Oscar Niemeyer

Courtesy of ON
Courtesy of ON

Oscar Ribeiro de Almeida Niemeyer Soares Filho, or simply Oscar Niemeyer, was one of the greatest architects in Brazil's history, and one of the greats of the global modernist movement. After his death in 2012, Niemeyer left the world more than five hundred works scattered throughout the Americas, Africa and Europe.

Niemeyer attended the National School of Fine Arts in Rio de Janeiro in 1929, graduating in 1934. He began working with the influential Brazilian architect and urban planner Lúcio Costa also in 1932, a professional partnership that would last decades and result in some of the most important works in the history of modern architecture.

Campo Belo Building / RoccoVidal Perkins+Will

  • Architects: RoccoVidal Perkins+Will
  • Location: São Paulo - State of São Paulo, Brazil
  • Architect In Charge: RoccoVidal Perkins+Will, Agres
  • Interiors : RoccoVidal Perkins+Will
  • Area: 8400.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Daniel Ducci

© Daniel Ducci © Daniel Ducci © Daniel Ducci © Daniel Ducci

Vitacon Itaim Building / Studio MK27 - Marcio Kogan + Carolina Castroviejo

  • Architects: Studio MK27 - Marcio Kogan + Carolina Castroviejo
  • Location: State of São Paulo, Brazil
  • Project Team : Carlos Costa, Fabiana Stucchi, Fernanda Palmieri, Laura Guedes, Mariana Simas, Oswaldo Pessano
  • Studio Team : Beatriz Meyer, Diana Radomysler, Eduardo Chalabi, Eduardo Glycerio, Eduardo Gurian, Elisa Friedmann, Gabriel Kogan, Lair Reis, Luciana Antunes, Marcio Tanaka, Maria Cristina Motta, Mariana Ruzante, Oswaldo Pessano, Renata Furlanetto , Samanta Cafardo, Suzana Glogowski
  • Area: 3305.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Pedro Vannucchi

© Pedro Vannucchi © Pedro Vannucchi © Pedro Vannucchi © Pedro Vannucchi

Spotlight: Lina Bo Bardi

Cortesia de Instituto Lina Bo e P.M. Bardi. Image © Autor desconhecido
Cortesia de Instituto Lina Bo e P.M. Bardi. Image © Autor desconhecido

Lina Bo Bardi's was one of the most important and expressive architects in 20th century Brazilian architecture. After studying architecture at the University of Rome she moved to Milan after graduation, soon collaborating with Gio Ponti, and later become editor of the magazine Quiaderni di Domus.

With her office destroyed in World War II, Bo Bardi, along with Bruno Zevi, founded the publication A Cultura della Vita. As a member of the Italian Communist Party, she met the critic and art historian Pietro Maria Bardi, with whom she would move permanently to Brazil.

MASP. Image © Pedro Kok Glass House. Image © Flickr user selmie Sesc Pompéia. Image © Flickr user DAW (CC BY-NC-SA) Chame-Chame House. Via Blogspot Mila Machado

Itacolomi 445 / gruposp

  • Architects: gruposp
  • Location: Rua Itacolomi - Higienópolis, São Paulo - São Paulo, Brasil
  • Project Architects: Álvaro Puntoni, João Sodré, Jonathan Davies, André Nunes
  • Collaborators: Fabricius Mastroantonio, Julia Caio, Alexandre Mendes
  • Project Area: 3500.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Nelson Kon

© Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon

ML House / Bernardes Jacobsen

  • Architects: Bernardes Jacobsen
  • Location: Porto Feliz - São Paulo, Brasil
  • Project Architects: Thiago Bernardes, Paulo Jacobsen e Bernardo Jacobsen
  • Project Team: Jaime Cunha Júnior, Christian Rojas, Daniel Vanucchi, Edgar Murata, Gabriel Bocchile e Ricardo Luna
  • Project Area: 918.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

© Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti

VRP House / Figueroa.ARQ

  • Architects: Figueroa.ARQ
  • Location: Barra Funda, São Paulo - State of São Paulo, Brazil
  • Architect In Charge: Mario Figueroa, Marcus Vinicius Damon, Leticia Tamisari
  • Collaborators: Guilherme Bravin, Marcelo Venzon, Clayton Matos, Oma Rodrigues.
  • Photographs: Nelson Kon, Courtesy of Figueroa.ARQ

© Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon Courtesy of Figueroa.ARQ © Nelson Kon

Tetris House / Studiomk27

  • Architects: Studio mk27
  • Location: São Paulo - State of São Paulo, Brazil
  • Architect In Charge: Marcio Kogan
  • Co Architect : Carolina Castroviejo
  • Project Team : Fernando Falcon, Maria Cristina Motta, Mariana Ruzante
  • Area: 620.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Alpha House / Studio Fabrício Roncca

© R.R.Rufino © R.R.Rufino © R.R.Rufino © R.R.Rufino

Redux House / Studiomk27- Marcio Kogan + Samanta Cafardo

  • Architects: Studiomk27 - Marcio Kogan + Samanta Cafardo
  • Location: Bragança Paulista - State of São Paulo, Brazil
  • Architect In Charge: Marcio Kogan
  • Co Architect : Samanta Cafardo
  • Design Team: Beatriz Meyer, Carlos Costa, Laura Guedes, Mariana Ruzante, Mariana Simas, Oswaldo Pessano, Suzana Glogowski, Henrique Bustamante
  • Studio Team : Carolina Castroviejo, Eduardo Glycerio, Gabriel Kogan, Lair Reis, Maria Cristina Motta, Renata Furlanetto
  • Interior Design: Diana Radomysler
  • Area: 679.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Jaragua Residence / Fernanda Marques Arquitetos Associados

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Blau Projects Gallery / ARKIZ

  • Architects: ARKIZ
  • Location: São Paulo - State of São Paulo, Brazil
  • Architect In Charge: Alexandre Hepner, João Paulo Payar, Rafael Brych, Ana Maria Montag
  • Contributor: Veronica Vacaro
  • Area: 2475.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Marcus Vinicius Damon

© Marcus Vinicius Damon © Marcus Vinicius Damon © Marcus Vinicius Damon © Marcus Vinicius Damon

Cultural Center Univates / Tartan Arquitetura e Urbanismo

© Estúdio Objetivo © Estúdio Objetivo © Estúdio Objetivo © Estúdio Objetivo

Spotlight: Paulo Mendes da Rocha

Courtesy of the Paulo Mendes da Rocha archive
Courtesy of the Paulo Mendes da Rocha archive

"All space must be attached to a value, to a public dimension. There is no private space. The only private space that you can imagine is the human mind." - Paulo Mendes da Rocha, May 26, 2004

Paulo Mendes da Rocha is one of Brazil's greatest architects and urbanists. Born in Vitória, Espírito Santo in 1928, Mendes da Rocha won the 2006 Pritzker Prize, and is one of the most representative architects of the Brazilian Paulista School, also known as "Paulista Brutalism" that utilizes more geometric lines, rougher finishes and bulkier massing than other Brazilian Modernists such as Oscar Niemeyer.